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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Lion
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Arrive in Juneau, Alaska and embark the Sea Lion for an 8-day exploration of coastal Alaska. This itinerary brings ample wildlife viewing opportunities including humpback whales, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, and more. Explore remote waterways by Zodiac or kayak for unparalleled views of the coastal landscape. Bike, hike, and walk for an up close exporation of the coastal forest. This itinerary offers optional activities each day! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau, Alaska | Embark Ship
Day 2 : Tracy Arm Fjord | Fords Terror Wilderness
Day 3 : Petersburg
Day 4 : Frederick Sound | Chatham Strait
Day 5 : Icy Strait | Inian Islands
Day 6 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 7 : Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords
Day 8 : Sitka | Disembark Ship | Return Home

Highlights

  • View orca and humpback whales in Frederick Sound
  • Cruise glacially carved fjords to view glaciers
  • See glaciers calving & search for wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Hike and kayak the Inian Islands, home to Steller sea lions

Ship

Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Brown Bear sow with cubs fishing for pink salmon. Kayaking Tracy Arm Fjord in Tongass National Forest. Three Killer Whales swimming side by side. Alaskan zodiac iceberg tour. Humpback Whale in Alaska.

Day 1 Juneau, Alaska | Embark Ship

Take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau.

Day 2 Tracy Arm Fjord | Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, enter Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. Your ship also passes the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, use your Zodiacs to provide unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, and arctic terns.

Day 3 Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Search for humpback whales as you head toward the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, where there is an opportunity for optional flightseeing. Bicycles are available for rides through town or join naturalists for a walk in the nearby bog. The ship remains at the dock until you’re called to dinner for a Dungeness crab feast.

Day 4 Frederick Sound | Chatham Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as you fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from expert naturalists. Explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, you have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration.

Day 5 Icy Strait | Inian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Expect to see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins are some of the creatures you may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you onboard to share the legend of the area.

Day 7 Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, nature is your guide as you set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. Stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.

Day 8 Sitka | Disembark Ship | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After your visit, drive to the airport for your afternoon flight to Seattle.

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Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

A Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

Costs Include:
  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
  • Meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits
  • Use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages
  • Services of expedition staff

Not Included:
  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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